Krakow Mountain Festival ( is one ot the most important mountain culture and sport event in Poland. We started the idea of film festival seventeen years ago and now I can say that we are one of the biggest festival in Poland (and Europe).

Krakow is a center of climbing society in Poland, according to this fact we have about 1500 spectators per day at festival (in total about 6000). Festival contains competition for Polish and International movies, meetings and presentations of the best alpinists and sport climbers, fairs of mountaineering equipment etc.

Year by year, at the beginning of December Krakow become the city with lots of postive emotion and inspirations based on the mountain adventure spirit!

The International and Polish Film Competiton is judged by a film and outdoor specialists: filmmakers, journalists, photographers, writers.
The films are awarder by audience - People’s Choice.
Grand Prix and Best Polish Film are prized with a special and orignal trophy.
Grand Prize and Category Awards are awarded with cash prizes.
Grand Prize
Best Mountaineering Film
Best Climbing Film
Best Adventure & Exploration Film
People’s Choice


Only films made after 1st January 2021 may be entered into the International Film Competition and the Polish Film Competition. Films may represent various film categories (feature, documentary, animated, experimental, etc.), as well as various topics connected with the mountains (mountaineering, rock climbing, any type of mountain activities, mountain nature, hiking, etc.). Preffered length of the film is up to 50 minutes (though longer films will not be automatically disqualified).


The Festival Organisation Office accepts entries to the Film Competition by 15th September 2022. By this date the submitter should perform the following actions:
in the case of the International Film Competition – send the film via FilmFreeway online service. Pay the registry fee of: Early bird 24 USD, Regular Deadline 28 USD, Late Deadline 32 USD. The films should have a script in English. The films entered to the International Film Competition should be sent in Full HD (mov or mp4, AAC Audio Codec) together with a script in English.
Admission of a film for selection is conditioned by the delivery date of the film to the Festival Organisation Office.


The final decision on admitting a film to the International Film Competition will be made by the KFG Programme Director. There is no appeal against this decision.
The list of the qualified films will be announced at by 31st October 2022.
In Competition, premièred films will be favoured – this refers to world, European or Polish premières.
Submitting a film does not guarantee that the film will be presented during the Festival.
The will be no fee paid to film-makers for film projections during the International Competition and the Polish Competition.


The submitter declares that he or she holds all copy rights to the film. Additionally, the creator of the film declares that he or she holds necessary rights and has paid all relevant fees concerning music used in the film and all iconographic materials. The music licence needs to include also public presentations of the film.
The creators of the film bear all financial and legal responsibility for infringement of rights held by third parties. In the case of images of third parties being featured in the film, the creator of the film declares that he or she holds all required rights and received the permission to use the image of the person concerned.


The competing films will be judged by the Jury led by the Chairperson.


The Jury awards the following prizes:
The First Award: Grand Prix for the Best Film of the International Film Competition,
The Best Mountaineering Film of the International Film Competition,
The Best Climbing Film of the International Film Competition,
The Best Adventure/Exploration Film of the International Film Competition,
The First Award for the Best Polish Film of the Polish Film Competition,
The Jury holds the right to award other prizes and recognitions in the International Film Competition and in the Polish Film Competition.


During the Festival, other prizes - not awarded by the Jury - will be also given (including the People's Choice Award, awards from sponsors).


The official announcement of the Jury's decisions will be made public on 11th December 2022 during the Final Gala (traditional or virtual). During the Gala, the winners will receive symbolic cheques visually representing the prizes. The actual financial prizes will be transferred to winners' bank accounts after the end of the Gala – by 30th January 2023.


The entry of a film into the Film Competition is equal to a permission for: presentations of the film during the Festival (live and online format) and using fragments of the film in marketing materials. The submitter grands his or her permission for publication of information concerning the film (in written and photographic form) both at the Festival website, Festival's online platform at and in all official Festival publications and press materials.
All additional film presentations outside the Festival programme require a separate permission of the film producer.


In the case of films with an exceptional artistic or documentary value, the organisers may make an exception from the requirements of the Terms and Conditions and qualify a film after the final date of submission.
The organisers, in the case of films with an exceptional artistic or documentary value, may resign from charging the registry fee as described in Point 2.


The Organisers disclose copies of films only to members of the Selection Committee and, in the case of films qualified for the Film Competition, to members of the Jury, translators and the company managing film presentations.


The format of the 20th edition will be organized in traditional/live and virtual/online. The traditional/live event will be held in ICE Krakow Congress Center 10th - 11th December. The selected films will be also presented at online platform (with registered access, geoblocked - Poland region). The platform will be open for a public from December 12th 2022 till January 15th 2023.

Overall Rating
  • Sonia Szczesna

    Great festival with great hosts!

    December 2020
  • Quim Hernandez

    Really nice people and Festival! Thanks for all

    December 2020
  • great communication . great people . great festival . always a pleasire to work with you !!

    December 2020